Boys Hockey: Swampscott’s Faia wins 150th game

Gino Faia says he gets much more satisfaction over the fact he's coached at the same school -- and in his hometown -- for 18 years than any personal accolades about himself. (Katie Morrison)

The Swampscott boys hockey team gave head coach Gino Faia his 150th career win on Saturday night after a 7-2 victory over Somerville in a Northeastern Conference battle at Rockett Arena in Salem.

Steve Santanello had two goals and one assist in the win, while Thomas O’Keefe had one goal and three assists and Dom Codispoti had one goal and two assists. Brett Benoit added one goal and one assist, Conor Donovan and Jack Poska scored one goal each and Drew Olivieri had one assist.

“Anyone who knows me knows I don’t like to talk about the things I do,” said Faia, who is in his 18th season as a head coach. “I guess this means I’ve been coaching my hometown team for this long, and hoping to do it for many more.

“We’ve had three Northeastern Conference South champions, and the Division 3 North championships, and EMass, and that was the first time in the team’s history we went to the Boston Garden. Still trying to reach that goal someday. I have to give credit to my longtime assistant (Mike DeLisio). What the team has done means more to me. And it’s extra special I’m in the town I grew up in.”

The Big Blue (3-2-3) are back at Rockett Arena on Wednesday evening when they host another NEC foe in the Beverly Panthers.

St. Mary’s 2, Arl. Cath. 1

At Connery Rink, Lynn Saturday, after two scoreless periods, the Spartans (5-1-3) spotted the Cougars at 1-0 lead with 12:04 to go.

“But we dug deep,” said coach Mark Lee. “The last six minutes we dominated play and we were rewarded.”

Goals by freshman Jordan Moriello (assist from Anthony Bono) with 7:43 left, and then Bono (from Nick Napolitano and Kyle Ouellette) with 1:23 left sealed the game for the Spartans.

“We didn’t have our A-game,” Lee said, “but we kept battling.”

Lynn 10, Everett 5

At Everett Saturday, Brian Clougherty had four goals and two assists to lead the Jets. Sean Devin added two, with singletons from John DiFilippo, Luke Rao, Andrew Patrie and Mike Clougherty.

Cameron Hunt scored his first two varsity points with two assists. Kenny Perez got his first start of the year in goal.

Medford 7, Saugus 2

It was a tough day on the ice at LoConte Rink for the Sachems Saturday, with senior captains Ryan Groark and John Torres notching the only two goals for Saugus. The Sachems (4-3-1) will try to get back on track when they host Marblehead on Wednesday at Kasabuski Rink.

Medford (4-2-0) will host Melrose at LoConte Rink this evening.

Danvers 5, Beverly 1

In one of the more anticipated games of the season thus far, the Falcons dominated on the ice at Bourque Arena Saturday to remain at the top of the Northeastern Conference North Division standings. The Falcons outshot Beverly 40-14 in the game, putting constant pressure on the net throughout the game.

Conor Purtell led the way with two goals for Danvers, while Matt Taylor added one goal and two assists. Nic DiSciullo had one goal and one assist, Calvin Mansfield had one goal and Tom Mento, Jack Thibodeau and Jared Mscisz had one assist apiece. Goalie Yegor Bublik had 13 saves in the win. Danvers (6-1-0) will travel to Larsen Arena to face Winthrop on Wednesday.

For Beverly (6-2-1), the lone goal was scored by Tim McCarthy on an assist from Aaron Carroll. Goalie Troy Doyle had a huge game with 35 saves. The Panthers will take on Swampscott at Rockett Arena on Wednesday.

St. John’s 4, Malden Cath. 2

Despite being down 2-0 after the first period, St. John’s Prep fought all the way back to capture a win at Valley Forum in Malden on Saturday. Tim Usalis, Tim Zudakis, Joe Bevere and Brian Carrabes each scored a goal for the Eagles, while Pat Moran and Ryan Farrow each had one assist.

The Prep (4-1-1) will host Xaverian at Essex Sports Center in Middleton on Wednesday.

Marblehead 3, Winthrop 3

A back-and-forth battle ended in a tie in the early game at Rockett Arena on Saturday. Winthrop got one goal each from Steve Holgerson, Luke Evanelista and Henry Brooks in the draw. The Vikings (4-2-1) will go up against Danvers on Wednesday at Larsen Arena.

The Magicians got two goals from Jacob Garfield and another from Mike Kagan. Still without a win on the year, Marblehead (0-6-2) will travel to Kasabuski Rink for a game against Saugus on Wednesday.

Matignon 8, Fenwick 4

Tied 4-4 with five minutes to go in the game, the Warriors exploded for four goals in the waning minutes to hand Fenwick a loss at McVan/O’Keefe Memorial Rink Saturday. Jared Crowell, Kasey O’Brien and Matt Roscoe each scored a goal in the loss, while Jake Murphy, Tyler Layton, Paul Papageorgiou, Ian Worthley and Austin Foglietta each had one assist.

The Crusaders (1-6-2) will face another tough test on Wednesday night when they take on Arlington Catholic at Ed Burns Arena.

Gloucester 10, Revere 3

The Fishermen had multiple offensive outbursts on Saturday night to earn a big win at Talbot Rink. Within the first six minutes of the game, Gloucester scored three goals in a span of 2:18. In the second period, the Fishermen had an incredible stretch of three goals in 30 seconds.

Chris Noyes led the way with a hat trick for Gloucester, while John Mondello had two goals. Harry Marshall, Tim White, Sam Poliskey, Ryan Muniz and Ethan Brennan each scored one goal, while Ryan Parisi and Lucas Cornetta had one assist apiece. Gloucester (5-2-2) will have a full week off before hosting Somerville at Talbot Rink on Saturday.

For Revere (5-3-1), Cory Rufo and Marc Giordano were among the goal scorers in the loss. Andres Carsons had one assist. The Patriots will host East Boston on Wednesday night at Cronin Rink.

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